President Obama's spokesman today blamed Europe for the rise in unemployment, though he noted that the economy did add some jobs.
"We're digging out of a very deep hole," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today. "We're also seeing continued instability in the Eurozone."
The unemployment rate increased in May from 8.1 to 8.2 percent due to news that only 69,000 people were hired in May and that 49,000 fewer jobs were created in the previous two months than the Labor Department initially reported.
"The longer term trends still indicated that we have an economy that is adding jobs," Earnest maintained, though he acknowledged that the job growth remains too slow.